As we head into the holiday season reading remains a high priority on our lists. Here are eight titles on our November Bookshelf that will make you think, make you laugh, and you will love. They all would make excellent additions as gifts.
Jose Feeds the World – Chef Jose Andres grew up watching his parents take care of people. He grew up cooking with his parents. He knew he wanted to feed people. He went to school at 15 to start his culinary career. He started the World Central Kitchen to help take care of people around the world after catastrophe strikes.
Coretta’s Journey – This is wonderful education of who Coretta Scott King was. I must admit that I didn’t know much about her other than that she was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s wife. The information is delivered in a way that doesn’t feel overwhelming and paints a picture of Coretta as a complete person.
Bunso Meets a Mumu – Bunso’s family uses the legend of the Mumu to scare him. Many cultures have their own version of a similar entity used to scare littles into behaving. In this book Bunso prepares to meet the Mumu and is surprised with what he finds. Things don’t go according to the plan he had but he is happy with how they turned out. And he is not longer scare of the Mumu!
Nona’s Nerves – Have you ever had stage fright? Nona had practiced and practiced her song but once it was time to get on stage she started feeling anxious and didn’t know if she could perform. Thanks to her friends the Hip-Hop Littles, she was able to see that everyone feels a bit anxious at times. With their support, she made it on stage and performed amazingly.
Body Music – JustaBXgirl loves poetry. She’s also a tween with a tween sense of humor so a book of poetry about the noises our bodies make is right up her alley. Can we talk about combining literacy with science??? This is a homeschool mama’s win-win! The book includes oems and information on the noises our bodies make. It makes for great conversation and learning moments.
How the North Pole Works – I absolutely adore this book. It is the perfect behind the scenes tell all. Yo-You elf takes us with him on his visit to the North Pole and shares the ins and outs of how the place works. We get to know a bit about all of the many different types of elves that work and live at the North Pole and so much more. This book is sure to become a Christmas tradition in our home.
Baldwin’s Big Christmas Delivery – Baldwin is a switcher train that works hard daily helping all of the other vehicles around the train yard. The day before Christmas, he was helping Big Mike get ready to deliver gifts when he realized one was left behind. Being the incredibly special train he is, Baldwin decided to head out and find who the gift belonged to so that their Christmas wouldn’t be missing the gift. It is quite an adventure before he finds the recipient. This is a great book to talk about courage, community, friendship, and the gift of giving.
Snow Boy – This is such a sweet read about finding where you belong. Snow Boy has a friend but wants to find his family. He visits his forest friends looking to see if one of their homes feels like the place he belongs. It is beautiful to see how the forest creatures come together to help him find the place he belongs.